HAPPY HAPPY TO ME!
I figured my Betty wouldn’t mind if I borrowed this adorable picture of her looking like she’s performing witchcraft on her first birthday cake in order to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of one of the best changes I’ve ever made in my life.
Of course I can’t remember the exact date I started running because back then it wasn’t a big deal. I just happened to skip the elliptical in favor of the treadmill that day. I do know that the mile that started it all was in April of 2013 and I love celebrating things so I figure why not just have a month long celebration to make sure I have all my bases covered?
Salt’s First Year of Running: In Numbers
“ONE! ONE YEAR OF RUNNING! AH-HA-HA-HA-HA”
Number of Miles:
I’m not sure because I didn’t start tracking that until I bought my Garmin in June. I can tell you that from June 15th, 2013 until the posting of this blog, I have logged 1,039 miles on the pavement, trail, and treadmill.
Number of Pairs of Shoes I’ve Run In:
Four. A pair of $25 Sauconys from DSW, 2 pairs of Brooks Adrenaline GTS13s that eventually led to an unfortunate tendon injury, and my current pair of Mizuno Waverider 17’s.
I hate to say this, but I might be back into Brooks again for my next shoes. Maybe Ghosts this time because I tried those on too and liked them. I’m not particularly fond of the toebox on the Waverider. Shoe brand indecisiveness: thy name is Salt.
Number of Races I’ve Participated In:
Fourteen. That’s five 5Ks, two 10Ks, one 7K, one 8K, one 8 miler, one 15K, an organized half marathon, and two virtual halves.
Number of Finisher’s Medals Received:
Four. One for the Back to Football 5K on September 4th, and one for all of my halves.
Number of Awards Won:
Four. 2nd overall woman in a 10K last August, 1st place AG in a 5K in December, 3rd place AG in a 5K in January, and second place in a 10K series from 2013. I’ve also won or come in second in my AG in a couple other races where awards weren’t given out for such a thing.
6:17 at the Kelly St. Patrick’s Day 5K a couple weeks ago. My first race mile back from injury. I have no idea how the hell that happened.
5K: 22:20 (Charlie’s Run 12/13…it would have been the St. Paddy’s race if the course wasn’t long)
8K: 37:04 (Zoo Zoom 11/13)
10K: 48:03 (Run for the Cure 9/13)
8 mile: 59:19 (GPS 8 Miler 1/14)
15K: 1:13:45 (White Hall 15K 3/14…insta-PR!)
Half Marathon: 1:49:03 (Baltimore Half 10/13…I was faster by about 7 minutes in my last virtual, but I’m only counting the organized races here)
Stay tuned for next month when I get my insta-Marathon PR!
15 miles on February 1, 2014.
Number of Epic Wipe Outs:
Two. Once during my first attempt at running 13.1 before the Baltimore Half when I tripped on uneven pavement. At first I was sure I broke my wrist, but ended up finishing the run only covered in scrapes and bruises.
Then I was tripped up right out of the start during the Zoo Zoom 8K last November by some girl who didn’t even stop to help or apologize as I laid there on the ground. I’m not bitter. The fact that I left her in the dust after that helped me feel much better.
Number of Injuries Sustained:
Number of States Run In:
Two. Maryland and Florida. Soon I’ll add Pennsylvania to the list.
Number of Consecutive Days Run:
61 during my Holiday Run Streak. Please refer to “number of injuries” above. The nagging little pain that signaled the end of that streak is what eventually blew up into the tendonitis.
Number of Post-Run Starbucks Coffees Consumed:
There’s no way I could even begin to put a number on that.
Number of Dollars Spent on Various Running Items and Race Fees:
Number of Damns Given About the Money Spent on Running Related Things:
Number of Awesome Friends Made Throughout This Journey:
I can’t put a number on that either. I have met some of the coolest people in the world at races and through writing this blog. I had always heard that runners were like a family, but I didn’t realize how true that was until I became one myself. I’m so grateful to be a part of it all!
Thank you so much to all of you for hanging out with me and here’s to many more years of running for ALL of us!
How long have you been running? Do you love this community as much as I do?
Happy Thursday, everyone!